We started with an on-demand of Wordsworth's "The World Is Too Much with Us"
Tone, the speaker's attitude toward the subject, may well be the most difficult literary device to identify and characterize. We know what we mean when we say "tone of voice," and yet identifying the tone evident in a poem or selection of prose can be prove daunting and make one want to smack one's self in the face with a wooden spoon. Repeatedly.
Remember how much we've talked about diction and its importance?
When it comes to tone, it isn't just the choice of words that matter. It's their placement, the syntax, the structure. And tone? Tone is all about what the audience hears in the words, making it one of the most human-centered design elements of the entire work.
For example. . .
This video is a presentation of Jonathan Reed's "Lost Generation." Look at what happens when the words simply arrive in reverse order.
In class we discussed the difference between tone & mood. (Tone contributes to the mood.) We determined that diction, syntax (word order in a sentence), structure (overall order of ideas), and context all contribute greatly to the tone.
For the first time all year, I think, I failed to take pictures of the board and all of the notes accumulated.
That was not wise.
With the weather being what it is, one of our lessons from these two weeks is going decidedly digital and will serve as the blog post for this week. It will NOT BE DUE UNTIL MONDAY, MARCH 17.
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Read, annotate & then exploring the connections & disconnections -- similarities, dissimilarities, threads, insights, reveals -- between the following poems. Consider also the subtitle of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus
Due: Monday, March 17
Comments on Frankliners are Coming VERY Soon (a.k.a. Wednesday)
Comments on Synthesis Essays are Coming VERY Soon (a.k.a. Sunday)
Revision Due Dates Are Coming.
Remember! Analytical and writing process paper due in early April!